Too Young (Sidney Lippman and Sylvia Dee song)

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"Too Young" is a popular song. The music was written by Sidney Lippman, the lyrics by Sylvia Dee.[1] The song was published in 1951.

"Too Young"
Single by Nat King Cole
StudioCapitol, 5515 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
LabelCapitol Records

Nat King Cole recording[edit]

In the United States, the best-known version of the song was recorded by Nat King Cole on February 6, 1951 and released by Capitol Records as catalog number 1449. It was a million-selling record and reached the number one position on the Billboard chart, staying there for five weeks and altogether on the Best Seller chart for 29 weeks.[2] Billboard ranked this version as the number one song of 1951. Cole described this song as one of his three favorites among his own songs.[3]

Several contemporary versions were also recorded, making the charts but not as high.

Cover versions[edit]

"Too Young"
Single by Donny Osmond
from the album Too Young
B-side"Love Me"
ReleasedJune 10, 1972
RecordedApril 17, 1972
Donny Osmond singles chronology
"Puppy Love"
"Too Young"
"Why/Lonely Boy"

The recording by Patty Andrews was released by Decca Records as catalog number 27569. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on June 8, 1951 and lasted one week on the chart, peaking at number 30.[2] On other Billboard charts, this version reached as high as number 19.[4]

Versions that did not make the top 30 best-seller list, but did chart on other Billboard charts[4] were by Toni Arden (number 15, on Columbia), by Fran Allison (number 20, on RCA), by Richard Hayes (number 24, on Mercury), and by Michael Jackson (on Motown) 1973.

Semprini, piano with rhythm accompaniment recorded it in London on July 7, 1951, as the second song of the medley "Dancing to the piano (No. 7): Part 1. Hit Medley of Slow Foxtrots" along with "Alice in Wonderland" and "Forbidden Love". It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10123.

In the United Kingdom, Jimmy Young had a success with his version of the song, also made in 1951. The song made No. 1 on the UK's sheet music charts in 1951, spending 12 weeks in that position. Another notable contemporary British cover of the song was by Steve Conway.[5]

Sam Cooke recorded it for his Hits of the Fifties LP in 1960. In Australia, on Parlophone, Jim Gussey And His Orchestra, with vocals by Matt Dryden and Olive Lester, released their version.

In 1962, Bobby Vinton's version was included in his fourth studio album, Bobby Vinton Sings The Big Ones.

In 1978, the Swedish dansband Vikingarna released a disco version of the song on their album, The Vikings Export.

Donny Osmond cover[edit]

A version of "Too Young" by then 14-year-old Donny Osmond became an international top 10 hit for him, reaching number 5 in the UK and number 6 in Canada. It also spent eight weeks on the U.S. top 40, with a peak position of number 13[4][6] when released as a single (MGM catalog number 14407) in 1972.

Chart history[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.
  3. ^ Nat King Cole interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  4. ^ a b c Lonergan, David (2004-01-28). Hit Records 1950-1975. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-5129-0.
  5. ^ Henson, Brian (1989). First hits, 1946-1959. Colin Morgan. London: Boxtree. ISBN 1-85283-268-1. OCLC 19389211.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2000-11-01). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (7th Rev. ed.). New York: Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN 978-0-8230-7690-1.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1972-07-29. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Too Young". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  11. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  12. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 7/22/72". Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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